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The Mushroom Cap Half Marathon and Relay Event explores Kennett Square's landmarks, unique neighborhoods, and growing commerce. The race takes runners on a picturesque journey throughout the mushroom capital of the world. Hydrate with local aid stations throughout the course and vote on the winner! Immediately following, get your celebration on at our finish line festival hosted by our Title Sponsor, 


From the runner swag, to the course, to the themed aid stations...It's the race that celebrates you!


The Mushroom Cap Half Marathon is a rain or shine event. We always hope and plan for sun but if the opposite holds true, we will run in rain, in wind, and in snow. Only EXTREME weather conditions (i.e. hurricanes or blizzards) will close the event. Our goal is to start this event on time at 8:00AM and have every runner safely finished by 11:30AM.


There is a 3:30 minute (16-minute mile) cutoff time for this race.  If your pace falls behind the cutoff, you will be asked to leave the course in the provided safety vehicle.

The KSQ Mushroom Cap 13.1 is a race where every runner counts!

The MCHM will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2020 starting promptly at 8:00am on South Broad Street.

Post Race Celebration 

Join us for an amazing finish line festival hosted by ! The beer garden will open at 9:00am and stay open until whenever the party ends. All age appropriate runners will receive one complimentary pint of cold beer at the post-race bash. Come one, come all, the festival is open to runners, spectators, volunteers and community friends. 

. Live Music

. Beer Garden

. Runner Massages


Time Limits 

Runners and walkers are welcome to participate, however, on course-aid and roads can only be secured for a set amount of time based on municipality agreement, so all participants must be able to maintain a 16 minute mile or less and finish the half marathon in  3.5 hours. After this time, aid stations will be closed, police will no longer monitor traffic, and roads will be re-opened, making safe passage to the finish very difficult. In the event that you come in beyond this time limit Run2Shine will not be responsible for your safety. If you do not feel that you can maintain a 16-minute mile or less over the half marathon course, for your safety, please consider a different event. Perhaps our Relay Event! 

Race Fees


Half Marathon   $69

2 Person Relay $49 per runner

Charity 1 Miler  $25

Sunrise Yoga    $10 (mat included)



Half Marathon   $79

2 Person Relay  $54 per runner


Half Marathon   $89

2 Person Relay  $59 per runner


Half Marathon    $99

2 Person Relay  $64 per runner


Half Marathon    $109

2 Person Relay  $69 per runner

10/2-Race Day

Half Marathon    $119

2 Person Relay  $74 per runner




Not everyone is up for 13.1 miles. A lot of runners prefer running with a mate and according to several studies, there is nothing better than getting your mate up early to run with you. The Relay allows two runners to share the distance of the half marathon, then to meet back up at the post-race festival and celebrate together.

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020

Start Time: 8:00am 

Location: South Broad Street

Relay Exchange at 926/Mill Road


Description and Perks

. Runner 1 will run the start of the race from South Broad Street to the relay exchange point at Mill/926

. Runner 2 will bring the energy home starting at Mill/926 and ending at the finish on South Broad!

. Both runners will receive runner premiums, medals and beer tickets 

. Music, medals, runner fuel and busing will be at the exchange


Registration Procedure

Relay runners must register as a 2 person team.



Relay runners will be given ankle chips for timing that will need to be exchanged at the relay exchange point. Be aware of what your bib number is as you approach the transition area, and look up for a sign relating to your number to help find your teammate. Once you enter the exchange area, your partner may take off! We do ask that you and your partner download RaceJoy so that you can track one another throughout the race.


Starting Location

. Runner 1  should report to the start line.

. Runner 2  will be shuttled to the relay exchange point

. Signage will indicate where team runner 2 should be positioned.

. Runner 2 will run the remaining miles.


Relay Exchange

100 yards prior to the relay exchange you will see an arrow exchange sign.  

Relay Runners must stay to the right and enter the exchange chutes to make their exchange with team members.  Half Marathon runners will stay to the left.

There is a single staging area at the exchange for Relay Teams. Volunteers will call out incoming team numbers.  It is the responsibility of the Relay Teams and each team member to know when their team member will be arriving at each exchange. Knowing your teammate's pace will help you prepare for the relay exchange.


Team member 2 will be waiting in their area and will be ready to take off for the second half of the race! Water and refreshments will be available for team member 1 at this point. 

Relay Awards 

Awards will be given to the overall fastest overall finishers in each relay category member team. Awards will not be mailed out. You must pick up your award in person or have someone pick it up for you.  




This year's Charity 1 Miler will benefit  Come join us for an 8:30 am start. Your mile makes a difference! 



Bring Your Team For Special Perks

All you have to do is create a tribe when you register and then start recruiting friends! The more runners you register, the more perks you get*


. Register 15+ members and receive a group discount, 1 private porta-potty at the start & finish line,

. Register 25+ participants and receive a group discount, VIP Parking & Race Festival seating, and 1 private porta-potty at the start & finish line

. Register 50+ participants and receive a group discount, VIP Parking & Race Festival seating,  2 private porta-potties at the start & finish line and additional runner beer tickets





Timing Provided by Fusion Racing. All Runners will be able to sign up for Live Race Tracking and Text Results during the signup process.  Awards - all overall Individual awards will be scored on GUNTIME - all other Individual and Relay awards will be scored on CHIPTIME


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What are the age restrictions for each race?
Participants must meet the minimum age requirement by race day (November 7, 2020) in order to participate:
. Half Marathon requires runners to be at least 16 years old

. Half Marathon Relay requires runners to be at least 10 years old

. Age requirements are based on regulations by IMMDA (International Marathon Medical Directors Association). For further information and background, see: IMMDA Advisory Statement on Children and Marathoning.


I am a relay team captain. Do I still need to register as a team member?
Relay team captains are automatically registered as a team member when they register, pay and create a relay team. Relay team captains do not have to register a second time as a team member. Please do not create a team if you are not participating.


How long does our team have to complete the course?
The Half Marathon Relay course will be open for 3 hours. There will be two checkpoints along the course that will require participants to meet at least a 16:00 minute/mile pace. Any participants that do not meet these requirements must board a sweep vehicle, which will drop off near the finish line.

Can I defer my race to the following year or receive a refund?

Answer: Sorry, but we do not offer deferrals for future races or refunds due to injury.

Will bikes, skates, or baby joggers be allowed on the course?

Answer: No. Please we do not allow strollers for the safety of the children in them.

Can I sell or give my bib to someone else?

Answer: No. You may not sell or transfer your bib to another person. Please do not do this as you jeopardize not only that runner's safety but the safety of other runners on the course. 

How do I get my race day packet?

Answer: Runners must pick up their packets at one of the scheduled Packet Pick Ups.

How do I switch between races in an event? Note: this option is only available through November 1st

Click here to learn more:


Half Marathon Awards

Course Record Award*: $250 Cash prize (fastest course record, Colin Leak 1:12:06)

*to be mailed post-event

Top Overall Male and Top Overall Female: $100

Masters Male and Masters Female (50+): $50 Philadelphia Runner gift card


Age Group Awards:  Mushrooms donated by New Garden Fresh & South Mill Mushrooms (1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each category)


19 and under












Relay Awards: $25 gift cards will be awarded to the fastest team in each category

. Grammy/Grampa Spores: fastest 60+ team (can be a combination of male/female, female/female, male/male)

. Clydesdale Spores: men 220lbs+ team

. Sibling Spores: siblings team (can be a combination of male/female, female/female, male/male)

. Hitched Spores: married couple team (can be a combination of male/female, female/female, male/male)

. Half Pint Spores: under 18 team (can be a combination of male/female, female/female, male/male)

. Speedy Spores: fastest relay team overall (can be a combination of male/female, female/female, male/male)

. Co-Ed Spores: fastest mixed team (male/female)

. Family Spores: family members team (can be any combination of two related family members)

- Twinning Spores: costume twins award

- Same Sex: (m/m or f/f)


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